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Shortest Celebrity Marriages You Probably Forgot About

A-list couples in Hollywood are not usually in long-term relationships for very long — and if they do end up tieing the knot, they usually split not long after. Some of Hollywood’s elite might only be married for a few hours before calling it quits. That’s not to say there aren’t celebrity couples who have stood the test of time because there most certainly are, couples like David and Victoria Beckham who have been married for 20 years, Denzel Washington and wife Pauletta Pearson who have been married for 35, and Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson who have been married over 30 years show us that it is entirely possible for megastars to stay committed…

Yet when you’re in love and can shell out millions of dollars for a wedding without thinking twice, getting divorced weeks later might not seem like a thing because, well, when you said “I do” you wanted to get married — like when Kim Kardashian married Kris Humphries on KUWTK odds are she didn’t think she’d be filing for divorce 72 days later. You only live once, right?

So, from Britney Spears’ 55-hour marriage to Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Esposito’s short-lived matrimony, here are the shortest celebrity marriages you probably forgot about.

A version of this article was originally published in March 2020. 

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries

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Kim Kardashian & Kris Humphries

After a six-month courtship, Kim Kardashian married NBA player Kris Humphries in a wedding that cost millions of dollars. Their relationship, proposal and wedding were documented on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, of course. Kardashian filed for divorce 72 days later. But Humphries didn’t let her off the hook that easy, and their divorce process lasted far longer than their marriage. Kim was actually pregnant with her first child with Kanye West when the divorce was finalized.


Jennifer Lopez & Cris Judd

In 2002, right after Jennifer Lopez broke off her three-year relationship with P. Diddy and long before she had married Marc Anthony, Lopez married her backup dancer, Cris Judd. The marriage lasted only four months. J.Lo was engaged to Ben Affleck later that year.

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Esposito

Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Esposito

Pre Hangover fame, Bradley Cooper was married to fellow actress Jennifer Esposito. The pair lasted only four months, with Esposito filing for divorce. Cooper then moved onto Renée Zellweger whom he dated for six years — he most recently was married to Irina Shayk.

FILE - In this April 7, 1997 file photo Jennifer Lopez arrives with Ojani Noa at a film premiere in the Westwood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Rene Macura, File)

Jennifer Lopez & Ojani Noa

Before there was Ben Affleck, Marc Anthony, or even Cris Judd, there was Ojani Noa, a waiter at Gloria Estefan’s restaurant and J.Lo’s first husband, who she married in Feb. 1997. After 313 days, they went their separate ways — and his threats to expose sex tapes of her in the years since suggest it wasn’t pretty.

Britney Spears and Jason Alexander

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Britney Spears & Jason Alexander

During a very wild weekend in 2004, Britney Spears married childhood friend Jason Alexander at A Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. Fifty-five hours later, the marriage was annulled, with paperwork citing Britney “lacked understanding of her actions to the extent that she was incapable of agreeing to the marriage.” 

Lisa Marie Presley and Nicholas Cage

Lisa Marie Presley & Nicholas Cage

Nicholas Cage, a self-proclaimed Elvis Presley fanatic, married the King’s daughter, Lisa Marie, in 2002. The marriage lasted only 108 days before Presley filed for divorce. For the record, her marriage to Michael Jackson even outlasted this one — a whole 9 months.

Elisabeth Moss and Fred Armisen

Elisabeth Moss & Fred Armisen

The Handmaid’s Tale actress and SNL star married in 2009 but after 8 months called it quits. 

Photo by: Lee RothSTAR MAX, Inc. - copyright 2002ALL RIGHTS RESERVEDTelephone/Fax: (212) 995-119610/8/02Mario Lopez and Ali Landry at the premiere of "White Oleander".(Hollywood, CA) (Star Max via AP Images)

Mario Lopez & Ali Landry

‘Member this? Back in 2004, Mario Lopez and Ali Landry said their “I do’s” only to call it off two weeks later when she discovered that the reports she’d been hearing of his rampant cheating up to her wedding and after had been through — by finally agreeing to tap his phone with her sister. Luckily, it was short enough that they were able to get it annulled. 

Renée Zellweger and Kenny Chesney

Renée Zellweger & Kenny Chesney

Renée Zellweger surprised everyone when she married country singer Kenny Chesney after just four months of dating back in 2005. She filed for an annulment just four months later, citing fraud.

Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds

Eddie Murphy & Tracey Edmonds

Eddie Murphy married Babyface’s ex-wife in Bora Bora after a year of dating on New Year’s Eve in 2008. The couple apparently had a change of heart just two weeks later and decided not to make their marriage legal in the U.S. The split was said to be amicable.

Drew Barrymore and Tom Green

Drew Barrymore & Tom Green

An odd pair, Drew Barrymore and Tom Green often teased fans with their upcoming wedding back in 2001, even hinting it would happen on Saturday Night Live. The couple of one year did get married in a private ceremony, but were divorced just five months later.

Janet Jackson and James DeBarge

Janet Jackson & James DeBarge

Janet Jackson made headlines back in 1984 after eloping with James DeBarge when she was just 18 years old. The marriage was annulled the following year. It’s been highly speculated that the two had a secret love child named Renée, who was subsequently raised by Jackson’s older sister, Rebbie. Renée is 18 years old now.

Shannen Doherty and Ashley Hamilton

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Shannen Doherty & Ashley Hamilton

After knowing each other for only two weeks, the Beverly Hills 90210 star married George Hamilton’s son, Ashley. At the time, Shannen Doherty was 22 years old, while Hamilton was just 19. Doherty filed for divorce 5 months later.

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